DMU events showcase success stories at Leicester Business Festival

Events designed to help businesses across Leicester and Leicestershire develop their staff, improve recruitment and nail the perfect pitch will be part of this year’s Leicester Business Festival.

This year’s festival will be online, making it one of the UK’s biggest digital festivals with thousands of people set to attend events. The idea behind the LBF is that the events should benefit the local business community and people, by encouraging learning, sharing, interaction and engagement.

Helen Donnellan, Director of Enterprise and Business Services at DMU, said: “All of us have had to learn new ways of doing business since the pandemic and there’s so many good ideas to share.

“This year’s Leicester Business Festival provides us – the business community of Leicester and Leicestershire – with a unique opportunity to drive collaboration, share new learning and identify skills gaps in our organisations.

“Learning new skills and sharing best practice is the best way we have to equip ourselves and our employees for the challenges ahead. As one of the region’s top business schools, DMU can be part of that solution.”

Richard Osborn, Director of the LBF Community Interest Company said: “We want to ensure that Leicester Business Festival’s event programme really showcases the fantastic work that happens in Leicester and Leicestershire.”

DMU is planning eight events this year, which are:

Leicester’s employers will learn how to recruit and attract more diverse hires with a new free practical toolkit to help them bring BAME talent into their companies. DMU is working with Leicester businesses Freeths, Eileen Richards Recruitment, Brewin Dolphin, the Prince’s Trust and Office for Students on this unique project, called Leicester’s Future Leaders.

DMU’s Digital Health Team will showcase some of the latest technologies being used in health and social care today. From virtual GP appointments to apps helping patients to remain independent in their own homes, technology is changing how we are cared for.  For anyone in the health and social care sector.

DMU’s Leicester Castle Business School is one of 19 universities delivery chosen to deliver the Small Business Leadership Programme nationally. The programme is fully funded by the Government to support the resilience, recovery and growth of SME’s supporting development of business leadership and management skills. Join this webinar to find out more about how this 10-week free programme can help you develop leadership skills.

Discover how Higher and Degree Apprenticeships can help your company meet workforce challenges. Get advice and guidance on funding support, and how to apply. DMU’s Head of Apprenticeships, Tasmin Raynor, will outline opportunities available and how apprenticeships could transform your company.

The event will raise awareness of the issues faced, discuss the impact that modern slavery has on business and organisations and highlight the different ways in which information can be reported.  The event will encourage businesses to become more involved in the work that is taking place throughout Leicestershire and Rutland

Demos are the ideal way for businesses to showcase new products or services. In the first of a new series from DMU’s Innovation Centre will bring together demonstrates who have built products and services to help businesses innovate. If you develop new products, services or work with teams who do then this event is for you.

A fireside chat with innovator, CEO Stuart Hetherington of Holovis. Holovis (est. 2004) employs 150 creative designers at the HQ in Hinckley, and operates an international business, working alongside the major entertainment giants in the USA and China. Discover how Holovis transformed into a leading international player in digital media, the organisational structures that enable day-to-day innovation, and the innovation mindsets of employees working at the business and be inspired!

How can the supply chain in Leicester and Leicestershire be improved using new technology? What does digital mean for different industries? Fiond out in this free session.

The event will present and discuss examples of Leicester businesses who have successfully recruited local graduates, and the benefits graduates have brought to their business. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss the challenge of skills gaps and how to quickly find students and graduates with the skills their business needs.